Wesley Chadwick CookPrincipal | Medical Devices and Drugs
Chad is a member of our Mass Torts Section and is currently responsible for a number of cases including Transvaginal Mesh, Fosamax and Zithromax litigation. Chad also assists in investigating new drugs and medical devices that present a serious danger to consumers.
Chad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1998. While attending college, Chad was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was selected to represent AUM's first Mock Trial Team in the Southeastern Intercollegiate Mock Trial Competition at Kennesaw State University.
After graduating from college, Chad pursued his Juris Doctor degree at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Chad was placed on the Dean's Honors List and given the Scholastic Achievement Award for Employment Law in 2001. In addition, he was a member of Sigma Kappa Delta Law Fraternity and the Christian Legal Society. While attending law school, Chad worked as a staff assistant in the Mass Torts section of the firm. After graduating in 2002, he was hired as a staff attorney for the firm, working on defective construction cases, as well as probate and estate matters, bankruptcy issues and subrogation liens.
Chad now serves as one of the Mass Torts Attorneys as a Principal with the firm, focusing his practice on pharmaceutical litigation, representing victims of defective prescription drugs and medical devices.
Presently, Chad is one of 11 lawyers from around the country selected to oversee the consolidated litigation as part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for In re: Fosamax Products Liability Litigation (No. II), MDL 2243. This litigation, which encompasses hundreds of cases against Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp., involves femur fracture injuries, and is consolidated under U.S. District Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr., in the District of New Jersey.
Chad is also on the Plaintiff's Discovery Committee for In re: Fosamax Products Liability Litigation, MDL-1789 which is venued in the Southern District of New York Federal Court before the Honorable John F. Keenan, and involves cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw. Chad also assists with serving on the Fosamax Science and Administrative Committees for this litigation.
Chad also is working on cases involving transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This mesh is used to shore up pelvic organs that have become displaced due to age, childbirth, hysterectomy or obesity. According to the FDA, reported complications from transvaginal placement of this mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse and urinary and fecal incontinence. Often women require surgery to remove the mesh. In some cases, this can require multiple surgical procedures without successful removing all of the mesh. Currently, Chad is representing thousands of clients involving mesh manufactured by several defendants including American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, and Johnson & Johnson.
In addition to his work at Beasley Allen, Chad has served as an instructor in Civil Procedure and Evidence at Faulkner University and as a member of the Legal Studies Advisory Committee. Chad also serves as a Mentor for the Thomas Goode Jones Professional Development Program, which gives law school students an opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys, discuss the practice of law and promote professionalism.
Chad was selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA) Top 100 Trial Lawyers list. This is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.
Chad is Past-President of the Montgomery County Association for Justice. Judge Charles Price was honored Jan. 14, 2015, by the Montgomery County Association for Justice just prior to his retirement from the the Montgomery County Circuit Court bench after 31 years of esteemed service. As MCAJ president, Chad presented Judge Price with a plaque commemorating his years of service, and also announced the establishment of the Judge Charles Price Leadership Award, which will be presented annually to people in the area who demonstrate qualities reflecting Judge Price’s dedication and courage in upholding justice.
Chad and his wife, the former Sharon Broadfoot, are both from the Montgomery area and have a 9-year-old son named Parker. They are members of First Baptist Church in Montgomery where Chad serves on the Board of the Nehemiah Project, a program designed to bring church leaders, businesses, civic organizations and city officials together to address the spiritual and social needs of Montgomery's inner city. Chad is also a member of the Alabama Chapter's Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Young Professionals Leadership Committee and is a Board member for The Montgomery County Association for Justice as well as a Board member for Montgomery Partners in Education, where community members volunteer as tutors, mentors and partners, helping students to build skills and to find the link between school and the future. Chad also enjoys coaching little league baseball and pee wee football, where he has also participated in several developmental programs for coaches including concussions in youth sports and other emerging safety issues.
- Washington DC (2010)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama (2006)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (2006)
- U. S. District Court, Central Division of Illinois (2006)
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (2002)
- Alabama (2002)
- Alabama State Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Alabama Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts (S.T.E.P.)
- Christian Trial Lawyers Association
- Public Justice Foundation
- Montgomery County Association for Justice (Past-President)
- AV Rated
- National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA) Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (J.D., 2002)
- Auburn University at Montgomery (B.S., 1998)
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